Pumpkin soup and more

This page is dedicated to my best friend Eszter! I got this super recipe from her and it is perfect when you live on your own. Thanks to her, butternut squash is always on my list now! She kindly helped me out with a nice summary. Being lazy I am just going to paste it. Never expect anything like this from me 😉
Ingredients:
1 pumpkin
1 clove garlic
rosemary
dried chilli, salt and pepper
nutmeg
cinnamon

Pumpkins are meant to be baked, there is no better way to preserve its unique taste. It does take longer than cooking, though, but it is worth it.
First of all, preheat your oven to at 230 degrees, and slice up your pumpkin. Then comes the “secret” ingredient. I have been using a mixture of spices that I read on Jamie Oliver’s blog, because it just makes the pumpkin taste so good!

Pumpkin1

So here it goes: place a whole garlic clove and a pinch of rosemary in a pestle and mortar. Crumble in the dried chilli, add a good pinch of salt, pepper, nutmeg and cinnamon and bash until you have a paste. Add a little olive oil to loosen up the mixture and then rub the pumpkin slices with it.

Place them in the oven and bake for about 45 minutes or until the outside of them is brown and the inside is soft.

Once they are baked there are several options for you to try.

First of all, if you do not want to eat it straight away, just place it in the fridge, it won’t go bad for at least a week.

Pumpkin2The easiest way to prepare it is to add some water/white wine and some cream (single) and purée it with a blender.
If you leave it as it is, you can use it as a sauce for pasta – tagliatelle recommended, simply because it is flat, therefore absorbs more sauce then simple spaghetti.
If you add a bit more water to this mixture, and some additional salt and pepper you have yourself a pumpkin soup.

If you decide not to purée it or purée part of it, you can prepare it with risotto rice. Now the recipe for risotto I always have to look up, it just doesn’t stick, or maybe I don’t prepare it enough to remember, so I’ll just link an easy one here: http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/2556635/pumpkin-risotto

As you can see, by buying one pumpkin, you can easily prepare at least 3 meals for yourself/for your guests.

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